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Wholesale price increases for brand-name prescription drugs on the rise


 

The New York Times reports that drug makers have raised wholesale prices of brand-name prescription drugs at the fastest rate in years. The following chart was published in the November 15, 2009 edition of The New York Times:

 

USE DRUG MAKER ’09 DAILY COST 12-MONTH INCREASE*
Boniva (150 mg) osteoporosis Roche $2.96 +18.6%
Actos (30mg) diabetes Takeda $6.74 +16.5%
Singulair (10mg) asthma Merck $3.64 +12.5%
Enbrel (50mg) arthritis Amgen $55.46 +12.1%
Plavix (75mg) anticoagulant Bristol-Myers Squibb $4.80 +8.2%
Nexium (40mg) ulcer AstraZeneca $5.16 +7.1%
Lipitor (10mg) cholesterol Pfizer $2.67 +5.0%

 

*Change over 12 months ending September 30, 2009

 

Data Sources: Wolters Kluwer; Stephen Schondelmeyer.

Publication: The New York Times. “Drug Makers Raise Prices in Face of Health Care Reform.” November 15, 2009.http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/16/business/16drugprices.html

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November 19, 2009 - Posted by | drugs, healthcare | , , ,

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